Getting Around Ireland

Ok, so you have set and a date and your bags are nearly packed, now you need a plan on how you are going to get around Ireland. Ireland is a very safe country to travel around. Even as a solo traveler. It’s easy to get around (especially with the help of Google Maps) and the Irish are more than willing to help you with directions. You have four ways to travel around – self driving, bus tours, rail tours or to be chauffeur driven around. We have listed all the information in to sections below

  1. Public Transport
  2. Self Driving
  3. Bus Tours
  4. Rail Tours
  5. Private Chauffeur Tours

Public Transport

In Ireland we have a  fantastic public transport system to help you reach your destinations with ease. As there is so much info on public transport, the best routes and options we have dedicated a post solely to public transport which you can read here – Public Transport Ireland.

Self Driving

One of the best ways to get around Ireland is to drive yourself. We are lucky in Ireland to have access to some of the world most beautiful scenery, the most wonderful and adventurous driving routes, like the Wild Atlantic Way (the worlds longest coastal driving route, covering a total of 2,500km) or the Ring of Kerry. By doing a self driven tour of Ireland you get to see every single part of the Emerald Isle that you want to see. It’s easy to get around for the most part (some country roads are quite thin and narrow). 
Here is a link to some of the best drives around Ireland – Ireland’s Best Drives – Perfect Irish Trip

Rental Car Link – Kayak Rental Car Competitive Pricing

Bus Tours

If you would prefer more of a guided tour around Ireland, there are plenty (and we mean PLEN-TYYY) of guided bus tours to travel around Ireland. You have two types of guided bus tours to choose from. You can opt for a holiday tour that travels all around Ireland and bring you to different hotels across the country for your stay. Or you can opt to stay in a few central locations and do day tours to some of Irelands top attractions across the Country.
Pre-Planned 7-14 Day Guided Bus Tour – 

Daily Operated Guided Tours – 

Rail Tours

  • Irish Rail (Iarnród Éireann) – Irish Rail offers fantastic guided tours across their rail routes, offering travellers pick ups and drop off at each station, to help them meet their tour guide at their destination, in which they will then be brought to their chosen attraction or day tours. You have a choice between day tours (mostly from Dublin) or 2-3 Day Tours. For full into click into – Irish Rail Tours
  • Belmond Grand Hibernian –  If trains are your preferred mode of travel and you want to go all out, we highly recommend the Belmond Grand Hibernian, Belmond Grand Hibernian is the name of a luxury train service in Ireland. The service is operated by Belmond, the operator of several other luxury trains including the Venice-Simplon Orient Express. You can choose between a 2/ 4 or 6 night journey across Ireland. For more information click into – Belmond Grand Hibernian Ireland

Private Chauffeur Tours

If it’s better suited to your holiday and you would prefer a more private tour of Ireland, you can opt to for private chauffeur. In Ireland we have very enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides ready to show you Irelands beauty. This tours are done in a high class, personal and intimate way, allowing to take in what Ireland has to offer with a 5* service. The companies we recommend are – 

If you would like any help deciding what the best travel methods and routes are for you, from the type of travel to the companies who are best suited to you and your needs to travel Ireland get in touch and let us help you plan your Perfect Irish Trip. Check our our personalised travel planning packages here – Personalised Travel Planning Products


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Traveling 101 When Coming To Ireland.

1. What plugs to use.

For Ireland the associated plug type is G, which is the plug that has three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern.

2. What side of the road to drive on.

In Ireland drivers drive on the left side of the road. If you plan on ranting a car we recommend Hertz or Budget. If you are worried about driving on the opposite side of the road to what you are used to, we recommend getting an automatic car and/ or co-sharing the driving journey. If you are traveling Europe, other countries where you will drive on the left hand side of the road are – The UK (Britain, Scotland and Whales), Malta and Cyprus.

3. What currency is used.

The euro is used in Ireland and throughout Europe, which is great if you are visiting from Europe or if you are doing a tour across Europe, you will not need to keep switching currencies.

4. Irish weather and temperature.

Ireland reads the temperature gauge in degrees celsius. You can have 4 seasons in one day in Ireland. Irish people can have problems preparing for their day as they might dress in the morning for a sunny day, then by lunch time it’s lashing rain and they have dressed in sandals and shorts. During the summer months the weather is warmer, sunnier and mild. You can expect temperatures to reach between 16-20°C (60.8 – 68℉) and on average expect 10-14 days of rainfall during each summer month and showers in-between. The best advice is to dress is to pack light clothes, but also good rain coat and bring shoes you are happy to walk in the rain with as backup in your case.

  • During autumn months the temperature goes between 5-17℃ (41-63℉) and rainfall is expected on average of 16-20 days.
  • During winter months the temperature goes between 2-10℃ (36-50℉) and rainfall is expected on average of 13-20 days.
  • During spring months the temperature goes between 5-15℃ (41-59℉) and rainfall is expected on average of 10-17 days.

5. Emergency numbers.

In Ireland, if you find yourself in an emergency situation, you can call 112 or 999. You will be put through to an operator who will then help direct you to the appropriate line for either -the Garda Síochána (Irish Police), ambulance, fire and Irish Coast Guard. If you are travelling throughout Europe 112 is an emergency number you can use throughout.

6. National language.

Irish is the national language of Ireland, although everyone speaks English. Most people however might have a few basic cúpla focal (a few words), as Irish is thought as part of the secondary school curriculum, but most people forget the language as they do not use it. Some people attend all Irish speaking schools and have more than a few words and tend to keep the language and then in rural parts of Ireland, we have what is called ‘Gaeltacht Areas’, which are regions where only Irish is spoken. In these Gaeltacht areas, all signs are written in Irish, all the shops and cafes you visit will have Irish speaking workers to help you and all homes will have Irish speaking families in them. If you would like to visit a Gaeltacht area, we recommend you read this article.

7. Population of Ireland.

The estimated population of Ireland is roughly about 4.85 million people. A-lot to fit on one small green island.

8. The capital of Ireland.

Dublin is the capital city of Ireland. Dublin (or Baile Átha Cliath in Irish) has a population of over 565,000. Some of the most recommended things to see and do in Dublin are; To visit the Guinness Storehouse, Do a Viking Splash tour and visit Kilmainham Gaol.

9. Irish Timezone.

Ireland operates under the same timezone as the UK – April until October GMT and November until March GMT+1.

10. Do you need a visa to enter Ireland?

The short and simple answer, no, not if you are a visitor from the EEA (and including British dependent territories). To check if you need a visa, what type of visa you need and what documentation you need click here.

The Best Game Of Thrones Locations In Ireland

Ireland is home to many a scenic backdrop from the very famous HBO series – Game of Thrones. Apart from filming taking place is studios in Belfast, locations scouts where sent out to find the best on site locations for some scenes, luckily they didn’t have to go too far as many famous scenes and castle were filmed within an hour or two from the studios in Northern Ireland. Below is a video and a list with links to some of the most famous sites.

Best Game of Thrones Locations In Ireland

Castle Ward – Winterfell

The outdoor scenes for Winterfell around the castle or in the courtyard are filmed at Castle Ward in County Down. For full info click into – Castle Ward

Ballintoy Harbour – Pyke Harbour, The Iron Islands

Any harbour or shallow water Iron Island scenes were filmed at Ballintoy Harbour (or just across from it). For more information on Ballintoy Harbour click here – Ballintoy Harbour

Cushendun Caves

The cave scenes between Melisandre and Davos Seaworth took place in Cushendun Caves in County Antrim and we think the final scenes between Jamie Lannister and Euron Greyjoy in season 8 took place here too. For more info on the Cushendun Caves click here – Cushendun Caves

Tollymore Forest – Winterfell Forest 

The Stark forest scenes or (most) forest scenes are filmed in Tollymore forest, county Down. One of the main scenes you may remember that have been filmed here are when the Stark Family come across the dire pups. for more information on Tollymore Forest click here – Tollymore Forest

The Dark Hedges – The Kings Road

The Dark Hedges have become famous within Ireland because of Game of Thrones, did you know that the Dark Hedges were formed in about 1775, by the Stuart Family who had 150 Beech Trees planted to line their driveway. If you would like to know more about the Dark Hedges click here – The Dark Hedges.

Larrybane Quarry – Renly Baratheon Campbase

Larrybane Quarry is used as the backdrop of Renley Baratheon’s camp base in season 2. It is beside Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (which is the next attraction). For more information click into – Larrybane Quarry.

Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge – Iron Islands

Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge is seen where Lord Greyjoy and Euron Greyjoy fight, well spoiler alert, it’s more so when Euron throws his brother off the rope bridge and down to his death. For more information on Carrick-a-rede rope Bridge click into – Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge. 

If you would like to do a self drive tour of the Game of Thrones locations in Ireland click into – Game of Thrones Self Drive RoutesIf you would like to do a bus tour we recommend Mc Combs Coach Tours (which we done ourselves on a non sponsored or paid trip) or Game Of Thrones Bus Tours

If you are planning to do a tour either via bus or self drive, we recommend you bring

  • A refillable water bottle
  • Some snacks
  • A water proof jacket
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Your camera

Photo credit for these pictures – Mostly – Fan Girl QuestSunday Post / Tourism Ireland / InspirockMichelle McMahon Getty Images